Times of Your Life

Last updated
"Times of Your Life"
Times of Your Life - Paul Anka.jpg
Single by Paul Anka
from the album Times of Your Life
B-side "Water Runs Deep"
ReleasedNovember 1975
Genre Pop
Label United Artists Records
Songwriter(s) Roger Nichols, Bill Lane
Producer(s) Bob Skaff
Paul Anka singles chronology
"(I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love"
"Times of Your Life"
"Anytime (I'll Be There)"

"Times of Your Life" is a popular song and advertising jingle made famous in the 1970s by Canadian singer Paul Anka, who recorded it in 1975 for an album of the same title. [1] It was written by Roger Nichols (melody) and Bill Lane (lyrics). [2]


Kodak created an advertising campaign in 1975 that featured Anka singing a jingle entitled "Times of Your Life". While the tune was being heard across the United States in a commercial, Anka decided to record and release it as a single in late 1975. The song became a hit in the U.S., reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1976 and remaining in the Top 40 for 12 weeks. [3] The previous month, "Times of Your Life" had spent one week atop the Billboard easy listening (adult contemporary) chart, Anka's only recording to do so. [4] It was Anka's twelfth and final Billboard Top Ten hit.

Anka began including the song in his concert appearances, particularly during his shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. The performance is often accompanied by a video montage featuring Anka and his family and friends. [4] In 2015, Anka's recording was used in a series of retrospective promos for the final season of the AMC television series Mad Men .

In 2021, the song was featured in a commercial for Downy. In 2022, it was used in the Apple TV+ series “Severance” in Episode 7.

Chart performance

Cover versions

See also

Anka "Gather moments while you may" cf. Herrick "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may"

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing</span> 1968 single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is a 1968 single released by American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is "Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl" from the duo's United LP. The first release off the duo's second album: You're All I Need, the song - written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson - became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo's two number 1 R&B hits. In the UK "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" reached number 34.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">I'm Easy (Keith Carradine song)</span> 1976 single by Keith Carradine

"I'm Easy" is an Academy Award-winning song written and performed by Keith Carradine for the 1975 movie Nashville. Carradine recorded a slightly faster version that became a popular music hit in 1976 in the United States.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Breaking Up Is Hard to Do</span> 1962 song by Neil Sedaka

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is a song recorded by Neil Sedaka, co-written by Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Sedaka recorded this song twice, in 1962 and 1975, in two significantly different arrangements, and it is considered to be his signature song. Between 1970 and 1975, it was a top-40 hit three separate times for three separate artists: Lenny Welch, The Partridge Family and Sedaka's second version.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">After the Lovin'</span> 1976 single by Engelbert Humperdinck

"After the Lovin'" is a single performed by Engelbert Humperdinck, produced by Joel Diamond and Charlie Calello, and composed by Ritchie Adams with lyrics by Alan Bernstein. The single was a U.S. top-ten hit in late 1976/early 1977, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Cash Box Top 100. It became a RIAA gold record. It is ranked as the 61st biggest U.S. hit of 1977. The song also reached number 40 on the country singles chart and spent two weeks atop the easy listening chart. It was Humperdinck's final Top 40 Billboard hit.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">My Eyes Adored You</span> 1974 single by Frankie Valli

"My Eyes Adored You" is a 1974 song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. It was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in early 1974. After the Motown label balked at the idea of releasing it, the recording was sold to lead singer Frankie Valli for $4000. After rejections by Capitol and Atlantic Records, Valli succeeded in getting the recording released on Private Stock Records, but the owner/founder of the label, Larry Uttal, wanted only Valli's name on the label. The single was released in the US in November 1974 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1975. "My Eyes Adored You" also went to number 2 on the Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1975.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Solitaire (Neil Sedaka song)</span> 1972 song by Neil Sedaka

"Solitaire" is a ballad written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody. Cody employs playing the card game of solitaire as a metaphor for a man "who lost his love through his indifference"—"while life goes on around him everywhere he's playing solitaire". The song is perhaps best known via its rendition by the Carpenters. Another version by Andy Williams reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in 1973.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Have You Never Been Mellow (song)</span> 1975 single by Olivia Newton-John

"Have You Never Been Mellow" is a song recorded by British-Australian singer Olivia Newton-John for her 1975 fifth studio album of the same name. Written and produced by John Farrar, the song was released as the lead single from the album in January 1975.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Two Out of Three Ain't Bad</span> 1978 single by Meat Loaf

"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" is a power ballad performed by the American musician Meat Loaf. It is a track off his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. It spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #11, and earned a million-selling Gold single from the RIAA, eventually being certified platinum. It remains his second-highest charting hit in the US, behind "I'd Do Anything for Love " (1993), and stands as one of his career signature tunes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">You Make Me Feel Like Dancing</span> 1976 single by Leo Sayer

"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" is a song credited to British singer Leo Sayer, taken from his 1976 album Endless Flight. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his first top single in the United States, and reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song of 1977. Credited songwriters Sayer and Vini Poncia won a Grammy Award for the song in 1978 in the category Best R&B Song. Ray Parker Jr. has stated that he was the original song writer, and that when he gave the tune as a demo his accreditation as such was missed. Like other Sayer songs from that time, it features extensive use of the singer's falsetto voice, a very popular vocal register in the songs of the disco era.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Time Passages (song)</span> 1978 single by Al Stewart

"Time Passages" is a 1978 US Top Ten hit song by singer-songwriter Al Stewart. It was produced by Alan Parsons and is the title track of Stewart's 1978 album release. The single reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1978, "Time Passages" also spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Easy Listening chart, the longest stay at number one on this chart in the 1970s. Billboard magazine also ranked "Time Passages" as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary single of 1979.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Junk Food Junkie</span> 1976 single by Larry Groce

"Junk Food Junkie" is a 1976 novelty song by Larry Groce. It spent 15 weeks on the U.S. charts, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Groce's only song to chart. "Junk Food Junkie" spent two weeks at #31 in Canada, and it was also a minor hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song is currently released on K-tel International.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">If You Know What I Mean</span> 1976 single by Neil Diamond

"If You Know What I Mean" is a song written and recorded by Neil Diamond. It is a track from Diamond's 1976 album, Beautiful Noise, and was his third number 1 on the Easy Listening chart, where it spent two weeks. "If You Know What I Mean" went to number 1 for two nonconsecutive weeks and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, the song reached number 19 on the pop singles chart and hit number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dance with Me (Orleans song)</span> 1975 single by Orleans

"Dance with Me" is a 1975 hit single by American soft rock band Orleans from their second studio album, Orleans II (1974).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Song on the Radio</span> 1979 single by Al Stewart

"Song on the Radio" is a composition by Al Stewart introduced on his 1978 album release Time Passages.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Get Closer (song)</span> 1976 single by Seals and Crofts featuring Carolyn Willis

"Get Closer" is a song by American soft rock duo Seals and Crofts, released as a single in 1976. The song is the title track of their eighth studio album, Get Closer. It reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 16 song of 1976.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Take It Easy on Me</span> 1982 single by Little River Band

"Take It Easy on Me" is a song by Australian soft rock band Little River Band, released in March 1982 as the third and final single from the album Time Exposure. The song reached No. 10 on the U.S, becoming their 6th and last top 10 hit. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 14 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was written by band member Graham Goble and produced by British record producer George Martin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Can't Stop Dancin' (Captain & Tennille song)</span> 1977 single by Captain & Tennille

"Can't Stop Dancin" is a song written by John Pritchard Jr. and Ray Stevens, which became a Top 40 hit for Captain and Tennille in early 1977. It was the first single released from their third studio album, Come In from the Rain.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Friends (Elton John song)</span> 1971 single by Elton John

"Friends" is a song written by English musician Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin, and performed by John. It was John's third U.S. hit, and his second to reach Top 40 after the breakthrough success of "Your Song".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Love's Grown Deep</span> 1977 single by Kenny Nolan

"Love's Grown Deep" is a song by Kenny Nolan, taken from his eponymous debut album. The recording was issued as his follow-up to his major hit song, "I Like Dreamin'" and is similar in style.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lady (Little River Band song)</span> 1978 single by Little River Band

"Lady" is a song written by Graeham Goble and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It was released in September 1978 as the third and final single from their fourth studio album, Sleeper Catcher. The song peaked at number 46 on the Australian Kent Music Report singles chart. The song also peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.


  1. "Paul Anka - Times Of Your Life". Discogs.com. 2016-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. "About Roger Nichols Studios". Roger Nichols Studios. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. 1 2 Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  6. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  7. "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  8. Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1976